Greetings from the District 
Dear Friends,

I had another awesome week at home meeting with constituents to discuss policy, casework issues, and the vision for America’s future. On Tuesday morning, I spoke with members of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce about economic growth and development over a delicious breakfast prepared by Culinary Arts students at the Academy for Advanced Studies, an outstanding educational institution that readies high schoolers for a career field of their choice.

Next, I was grateful to join U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, fellow members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation, state officials, and business leaders for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s annual luncheon in Macon. Small businesses are the backbone of our local and national economies, and it’s crucial that we hear from the job creators and entrepreneurs who support our community and opportunity in the state.

Later, I traveled to Milledgeville to tour the Triumph Group’s local plant. As a global leader in manufacturing and overhauling aerospace structures, systems, and components, I’m proud that Triumph has made a home in Georgia. Thanks for having me!

I wrapped up Tuesday by meeting Pamlico Pool Company owner Curtis Cox in my Milledgeville District Office to discuss the H-2B Visa program and its application process. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me, Curtis!

Our area is fortunate to be home to some great schools and institutions. On Wednesday, I started the day by sitting down with the new President of Georgia Gwinnett College, Dr. Jann Joseph, to discuss her vision for the future of the school and higher education priorities. I was deeply impressed to hear about its excellent graduation rates, enrollment, and curriculum. She is passionate about students receiving a world-class education, and I’m confident that she will be a strong president. With the new school semester about to start, I wish President Joseph and all of GGC’s students a great year ahead – thanks for hosting me!

Then, I made my way over to Walton County for its Chamber of Commerce’s monthly gathering. I shared a few thoughts, and we discussed the important issues of the day that affect our community and its economic development.

After lunch, I held several meetings in my Monroe District Office. From congratulating Jordan Smothers on his award-winning GMO-free, 135-lb. watermelon to sitting down with health advocates to hearing from community leaders, I appreciate engaging in dialogue with constituents. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and concerns with me.

During a visit to Social Circle on Thursday, I learned more about the Snapping Shoals EMC (SSEMC) Cooperative Solar Project, a 13-acre solar development in Newton County that uses a herd of sheep for vegetation management. Through a growing partnership between SSEMC and the Newton College and Career Academy FFA, local students gain hands-on experience in animal science, communications, and professionalism working with the SSEMC staff. What a remarkable project!

Serving our country in the Armed Forces is an honorable calling, and on Saturday, my office sponsored our annual Service Academy Day for young men and women who want to learn more about pursing a military career path. The journey that these students are about to take is truly life-changing, and I want them to be confident that my office will be there to help guide them every step of the way.

The event was a great success with the largest crowd ever, and I want to send a big thank you to Georgia Military College for once again hosting this forum. As a reminder, students who are seeking a nomination from my office should submit an application no later than Friday, October 11th at 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit my website here.


August Hice Headliner
I’m thrilled to recognize Melanie Sanders of Oglethorpe County as the “Hice Headliner” for the month of August. As president of the Oglethorpe County Farm Bureau, Melanie works every day to ensure that area children not only know where their food comes from but appreciate the work of Georgia farmers. She helps to host Farm Day, a partnership with Future Farmers of America and 4-H, designed to introduce third grade students to life on the farm. With a lesson on tractor safety, a tour of a mobile dairy unit, a peanut display where Sanders reads to the children, and an interaction with farmers and their livestock, young students gain a better understanding of the importance of their agrarian community through this program.

When she’s not organizing events at the Oglethorpe County Farm Bureau, she can be found volunteering with local youth at Salem Baptist Church or serving on the Oglethorpe County Board of Education. There’s no doubt that she’s a strong force in the community. On behalf of the 10th District, thank you, Melanie, for all that you do!


A Seminar for Seniors
It’s important that our seniors, and those who care for them, have the tools and information they need to defend themselves against scam artists and theft. On Thursday, August 29th, Attorney General Chris Carr and I are presenting a seminar at the Loganville City Council Chamber to prepare seniors with information and tips to avoid being taken advantage of by criminals.

By bringing together local, state, and federal organizations as well as our highly experienced teams, we’re working to ensure that older Georgians are receiving helpful and accurate information. If you or someone you know is interested in attending, I encourage you to stop by the event between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to hear expert advice from representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Georgia Consumer Protection Division, Social Security Administration, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Click here for additional details.


Biggs on the Border
Being from a border state, my friend and colleague from the House Freedom Caucus, Representative Andy Biggs of the great state of Arizona, delved even further into the crises facing our immigration system on the latest Freedom Caucus Podcast.

As part of a Congressional Delegation Trip (CODEL) to our Nation’s southern border, Andy and I examined the harsh realities of the emergency there and discussed the misleading information surrounding the current treatment of migrants. I encourage folks who are interested in learning more about what we discovered by seeing things firsthand on our CODEL to listen to last week’s podcast on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud.


The Week Ahead
I hope to see you around the 10th District this month! Be sure to check out my website to learn more about community events and mobile office hours. Also, remember to keep an eye out on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to stay up-to-date with the latest news.

Sincerely,


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In This Edition
– Greetings from the District
– August Hice Headliner
– A Seminar for Seniors
– Biggs on the Border
– The Week Ahead
 
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13 WMAZ First Mornin’
Macon, GA – 8/16
Service Academy Day

Hice, Carr to meet with seniors
The Walton Tribune – 8/16
Rep. Jody Hice and state Attorney General Chris Carr will meet with local senior citizens about ways to avoid scams and abuse. The event will be from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Loganville City Hall. Attendees also will learn best practices to take full advantage of programs offered by Social Security and Medicare. Seniors, their families and caregivers are encouraged to attend.

Hice sees problem of heart, not guns
The Walton Tribune – 8/19
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice dropped by Walton County this week for a visit to the home district and had updates on things in Washington, D.C., even as he relished being back in his own backyard. “It’s so good to be back in the district,” Hice said Wednesday to the Walton County Chamber of Commerce membership at its monthly luncheon. “Whenever I get ready to come home, I wave farewell and say, ‘Goodbye, D.C., I’m going back to America.’”

Members of Congress Commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Mexico City Policy
Congressman Andy Biggs – 8/13
“In no way, shape, or form should our federal government be funding or promoting abortion – whether it’s at home or abroad. For 35 years, the Mexico City Policy has placed an emphasis on the dignity of life by reinforcing that U.S. taxpayer dollars will not be used for abortions or the advertisement of abortions overseas. As we stand in defense of those who cannot defend themselves, I applaud President Trump for reaffirming those values through the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance executive order.” – Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10)

Georgia Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Department of Transportation – 8/15
I would also like to acknowledge Congressman Austin Scott, Congressman Drew Ferguson, Congressman Buddy Carter, Congressman Rick Allen, Congressman Sanford Bishop, Congressman Jody Hice, and Russell McMurry, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Congressman Hice Visits
The Monticello News – 8/13
10th District Congressman Jody Hice spoke at the monthly meeting of the Jasper County Republican Party Tuesday in the Jasper County Courthouse. A large group of citizens attended and were updated by Congressman Hice on various subjects including his recent trip to the Texas-Mexico border to observe treatment of immigrants, the passage of the spending bill raising the debt ceiling, how to deal with mass shootings, building the wall on the Southern border, changing the asylum laws, and the Red Flag law.

Andy Biggs, House Republicans Call for Ethics Probe into Joaquin Castro After Doxxing Trump Donors
NOW Report - 8/13
Several House Republican are calling for a House Ethics Committee investigation into Texas Democrat Representative Joaquin Castro after he publicized the identities of several prominent Trump 2020 donors in his district, subtly encouraging a boycott of their San Antonio businesses. “It cannot be fairly argued that Rep. Castro had any other purpose in posting that list and telling his activist followers that those individuals were inciting hate. Whether he intended to provoke physical violence or merely verbal harassment, his intent was to chill the free speech and free association rights of Americans.” Jody Hice, Ted Budd, Debbie Lesko, Jeff Duncan, Randy Weber and Matt Gaetz signed off on the letter

Jody Hice talks border security, federal budget and other issues before Athens GOP
Red & Black – 8/13
Congressman Jody Hice of Georgia’s 10th District attacked Democrats over border security and spoke to supporters about some of his recent votes in the House of Representatives before a crowd of Athens-Clarke County Republicans on August 12. The event, a meeting of the Clarke County Republican Party, was attended by 50 or so people, with Hice, whose district includes Athens, as the featured speaker.

Hice demanding answers from EPA
Walton Tribune – 8/10
Walton County’s congressman is working with federal regulators after a stunning report of a Covington plant releasing cancer-causing chemicals into the air. WebMD and Georgia Health News first reported increased rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer linked to ethylene oxide exposure, recently have been higher in the 30014 (Covington) ZIP code compared to the state average.

Republicans call for House Ethics Committee to investigate Rep. Joaquin Castro tweet
Washington Examiner – 8/9
In a letter to the leaders of the House Ethics Committee, Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz, Jody Hice, Debbie Lesko, Jeff Duncan, Randy Weber, and Ted Budd are calling for the committee to investigate Rep. Joaquin Castro after he posted the names of several of President Trump's donors. In the tweet, which has generated much controversy since its posting, Castro shared an image that named donors in the San Antonio area who gave the maximum amount to Trump's campaign.

GOP lawmakers call for ethics investigation of Rep. Joaquin Castro's tweet on Trump donors
USA Today – 8/9
"Posting a target list of private citizens simply for supporting his political opponent is anithetical to our principles and serves to suppress the free speech and free association rights of Americans," the letter says. Republicans Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Jody Hice of Georgia, Debbie Lesko of Arizona, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Randy Weber of Texas and Ted Budd of North Carolina all signed the letter.

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